A traveller on an InterCity train returning to London smells the burn of brakes as it hisses to a stop in the middle of the countryside. He sees a white-faced woman leap from the train and race to the aid of a sheep stranded on its back, unable to rise, in a field. Righting it, she turns, and he sees her face which is full of tragedy.
Considering tragedies of his own, he does not intrude, but the image lodges in his mind: a strange but familiar despair, unable, despite itself, to ignore the desperation it recognises in others. From these seeds, Mary Wesley draws out a plot of an unforgettable impact: of loss, of release, of a necessarily comic acceptance of fate, of love - the 'imaginative experience'. Rich in character and wit, and powerfully moving, this is a novel of the heart's pain and deliverance.
"Even more irrepressible than usual" * Independent on Sunday *
"She is a story-teller who knows her craft" * Spectator *
"Crammed with the little intimacies that make Wesley's novels so appealing" * Sunday Times *
"It is Wesley's great strength that she makes us interested in every single person she creates" -- Maeve Binchy * Mail on Sunday *